Expert Society Opposes Russian Occupation of Crimea

The Summit, which will officially launch the Crimean Platform, will take place on August 23 in Kyiv. First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Japarova is convinced that the Crimean Platform is an effective tool for liberating the peninsula from Russian occupation.

The Crimean Platform Expert Network is one of the pillar of the Crimean Platform and was established to support the Government’s efforts to implement this initiative. It brought together more than 180 of the ukrainian and foreign scientists, experts and human rights activists from 33 countries. Experts from the New Geopolitics Research Network also joined the platform.

Thus, the mission of the expert network is related to the mission of the Crimean platform:

to promote the consolidation of international support for the liberation of Crimea and Sevastopol from Russian occupation restoring the security of the Black and Azov Seas overcoming the negative influence of the Russian occupation of Crimea to develop and advocate expert work on various aspects of the deoccupation of Crimea.

On August 6, the first Forum of the Crimean Platform Expert Network took place in Kyiv. Within the framework of the Forum, the vision of international and intersectoral cooperation, priorities and tasks of the Network, the topic of deoccupation in the international information environment were discussed. It is expected that the forum will have an annual rotation to discuss important issues of deoccupation of Crimea and the results of the Network’s work.

Chargé d’Affaires Christina Quinn and British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons also addressed the forum. The American diplomat noted that the annexation of Crimea is a great crime that cannot be forgotten. Russia is trying to show that Crimea is part of the Russian Federation. But the United States never recognizes the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula. And this is a consistent policy of the US administration.

The British Ambassador stressed that Britain is devoted to Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity, and never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. In her opinion, the Expert Network will play an important role in the work of the Crimean Platform. The international community relies on expert information, analysis and recommendations for complete understanding the situation on the peninsula and determine how to maintain pressure on Russia.

During the Forum the main Tracks in which the work of the Expert Network is carried out were presented:

– promoting the policy of non-recognition (occupation of Crimea) and the policy of sanctions

– human rights and international humanitarian law

– security issues

– economics and ecology

– humanitarian policy

– cultural heritage in the Crimea

The issues of strategic communications for the Crimean Platform also were discussed at the Forum. The Crimean Platform Expert Network is ready to be actively involved in this process, using its international communications in the international dimension.

The NGRN also can become en effective platform for spreading information about efforts for deoccupation of Crimea and the situation on the peninsula among our international partners and experts.

Igor Levchenko

Head of Strategic Modeling Section

He earned Master’s in Political Science at the faculty of Political and Social Studies, Kyiv Dragomanov University in 2008 and Master’s in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine in 2015. Before 2014 his expertise focused as on internal political process in Ukraine and European integration. He was political adviser for several Ukrainian MPs and political leaders.

After beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine Mr. Levchenko became a member of Security Expert Board and started his collaboration with Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies. His research focused on wide range of security and defense matters in the region of East and South Europe as well as Wide Black Sea region.

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